equipment finance
Global Manufacturing

Equipment finance tips for SMEs

No matter what industry you’re in, small and medium-sized businesses can often benefit from new equipment, machinery or vehicles. However, it’s very common for business owners to put off buying new equipment because of the cost involved. Upgrading your existing equipment or purchasing new machinery can provide a tangible return on investment (ROI) through improved […]

X-ray inspection
Automation & Process Control

7 reasons why your business needs an X-ray inspection system

If your business can’t afford foreign contaminants in your products, then the chances are high that you need an X-ray product inspection machine. Predominantly, the food processing, pharmaceutical and packaging industries rely on these high-tech, yet surprisingly affordable, machines to detect potentially harmful foreign contaminants along the production lines. But they are also essential equipment […]

preventive maintenance vs breakdown repair
Lean Manufacturing & OEE

What you need to know about preventive maintenance vs breakdown repair

By guest author, Mario Soccio* You know what they say: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. For decades, many manufacturers have relied on a “fail and fix” approach for equipment, waiting until the very moment it breaks down before fixing the problem. However, there’s a growing school of thought that an alternative “predict and […]

Beer Bottles
Innovation and Best Practices

Beverage packaging: what’s new, what’s next?

By Llewellyn Stephens FAIP* There are a multitude of packaging options available for beverages in the local market. Compared with a global scale, the Australian market is small, plus has the challenge of significant transport distances. Producers also face a retail environment dominated by two major players, and where margins for commodities are low. Each […]

Shelf-friendly packaging
Innovation and Best Practices

Working out best board grades for shelf-friendly packaging (SFP)

By guest author, Ron Mines FAIP* Last year I participated in a training day at Woolworths Minchinbury DC (in Sydney), facilitated by IDG, the Australian Institute of Packaging AIP and Woolworths. The previous day, most of the trainees had gone to a Woolworths supermarket to see how shelf-friendly packaging (SFP) was being used in the […]

Christmas coding equipment shutdown tips
Innovation and Best Practices

Shutting up shop for the festive season? Just before you go…

 By guest author, Mario Soccio* Continued advances in design and build quality mean Matthews’ coding and marking equipment has easy shut-down and start-up procedures. This includes extended shutdowns — such as holidays. Before you shut the factory doors this festive season, there are just a couple of things to do. Here’s a list of reminders. […]

Innovation and Best Practices

‘Ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure’ or why scheduled maintenance is a manufacturing must-have

By guest author, Mario Soccio* In the 18th century, Benjamin Franklin, a printer by trade and a scientist by fame, said: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” So why aren’t today’s manufacturers applying this logic to their equipment? When factories experience lengthy downtime, it’s usually because a piece of equipment has failed […]

right labelling and coding equipment provider
Innovation and Best Practices

Going local: 5 tips for choosing the right labelling and coding equipment provider

By guest author, Mario Soccio* In today’s manufacturing environment, the latest equipment includes cutting-edge features to ensure production is as efficient as possible. But what happens when the unthinkable comes about and these sophisticated machines fail? Running an efficient manufacturing environment relies on you managing reactive and preventative equipment maintenance well. (Here are some good […]

checkweighing systems
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

Weighing in: how to keep your product quality and costs in check

By guest author, Thomas Kern, of Bizerba* In the manufacturing world, what you don’t see can hurt you. Supermarket chains are increasingly requesting higher quality standards from their suppliers in the fresh produce, dairy and general grocery sectors. Demands on your manufacturing processes are more intense than ever, necessitating faster production while still maintaining accurate […]